Photos: Saints fall to Panthers

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans running back Chris Ivory is stopped by Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41), safety D.J. Campbell (26) and linebacker Thomas Davis.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Servicemen and women hold a giant American flag during the singing of the National Anthem before the start of the Saints' Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints wide receiver Lance Moore fights for yardage against Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas on a 51-yard reception.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) is stopped by Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISSaints quarterback Drew Brees scrambles away from Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) returns an interception for a TD in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) catches a pass for a touchdown in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper (41) tries to strip the ball from Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISSaints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is congratulated by teammates after returning an interception for a touchdown in Sunday's game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISSaints receiver Lance Moore stiff-arms Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas after a 51-yard reception in Sunday's game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) is stopped by Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41), Panthers safety D.J. Campbell (26) and Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) after a gain.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISNew Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) breaks into open field as Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly pursues last season.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) avoids the grasp of New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) before throwing a complete pass.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Carolina fullback Mike Tolbert (35) bulls his way into the end zone for one of his three touchdowns as New Orleans linebacker Curtis Lofton tries to tackle him in the second half of the Saints' 44-38 loss Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints defensive back Rafael Bush (25) tackles Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) after a first down reception in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISNew Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan sheds the tackle of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis in the second half Sunday in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees looks for a receiver during Sunday's game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) is stopped by Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) points to the crowd after kicking a field goal.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) kicks a field goal.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) is congratulated by teammates after returning an interception for a touchdown.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints head coach Joe Vitt heads immediately to the locker room after the Saints' 44-38 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) leaves the field without acknowledging the crowd of fans after the Saints' 44-38 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISCarolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams scores a touchdown as New Orleans safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, left, and cornerback Patrick Robinson miss the tackle during the Saints’ loss Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photos by PATRICK DENNISSaints running back Darren Sproles scores a touchdown during Sunday's game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) calls a play in the huddle.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert (35) bulls into the end zone for a touchdown in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws a pass.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Panthers safety Charles Godfrey (30) intercepts a Drew Brees pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) makes a move to get past Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) scrambles away from New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints defensive lineman Junior Galette attempts to tackle Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in Sunday's game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) scrambles away from New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) fights for the ball with Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints head coach Joe VItt shows his displeasure after a controversial play went against the Saints.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) struggles for yards as New Orleans Saints linebacker David Hawthorne (57) tries to stop him.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) points to the crowd after kicking a field goal.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) kicks a field goal in the second half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) is congratulated by teammates after returning an interception for a touchdown.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) fights for extra yardage as Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) tries to stop him.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks for a receiver in the second half of the Saints' 44-38 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/PATRICK DENNIS.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the offense

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) scrambles away from New Orleans Saints defensive end Junior Galette (93) in the second half of the Saints' 44-38 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/PATRICK DENNIS.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) looks for a receiver in the second half of the Saints' 44-38 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/PATRICK DENNIS.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) returns an interception for a TD in the second half of the Saints' 44-38 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/PATRICK DENNIS.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton scrambles away from Saints defensive end Junior Galette in the second half of the Saints' 44-38 loss Dec. 30, 2012.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (5) points to the crowd after kicking a field goal in the second half of the Saints' 44-38 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT/GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT/225 OUT/10/12 OUT/IN REGISTER OUT/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT THE ADVOCATE/PATRICK DENNIS.